We love the opportunity to meet with other families and to learn from their many experiences… and we can certainly learn a great deal from the Gaddis family. They have 15 children which they homeschool, four of which are adopted (2 sets of twins) giving them 7 children under 6 years old! The oldest daughter is 18 and will be finishing her senior year as a nurse at UT this year! All 3 oldest daughters earned a full scholarship into the nursing program at UT at age 15…Quite an accomplishment!
Obviously their home is very organized and structured. They manage to homeschool, bake goods for family and friends, and continue distributing and handling the translation work of Mrs. Gaddis’ parents who were missionaries among the Aztecs (or Nahuas) in the Huasteca region of Northern Mexico .
I’m always amazed when I walk in an organized person’s home. I feel like taking out a pen and paper and just taking notes the whole time! I’m so grateful God places people in our paths that have such a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on!
PS… Mrs. Gaddis attributes all those brainy children’s accomplishments to lots of reading. They use Sonlight curriculum, which places a heavy emphasis on good literature! But my kids think their greatest accomplishments are done in the kitchen! They can all cook, and they shared some recipes from a recent get together we had!
Salsa (Adapted from Pioneer Woman)
1 can Whole canned tomatoes
1/4 cup diced onion
1 fresh jalapeno
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
10 cranks of freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp of cumin
1 clove of fresh garlic or 1/2 tsp of the minced kind from the store
1 cup of cilantro
1/4 cup fresh diced onion
Pour the can of whole canned tomatoes (including the juice) into the food processor or blender. Pour in the 2 cans of Rotel into the food processor with the whole tomatoes. Add the 1/4 cup of onion. Chop up 1 clove of garlic and add to the food processor. Slice 1 jalapeno into thin slices, (leave seed and membranes). Add into the food processor. Add 1/2 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of cumin and the 10 cranks of freshly ground black pepper. Add the juice of 1 lime. Add 1 cup of cilantro roughly chopped. Pulse the food processor until the salsa reaches the consistency you like. Cover and let sit in the fridge until chilled thoroughly, about 1 hour